Commissioning Differently

Current commissioning practice is focused on purchasing services which are utilised to look after people who are deemed vulnerable and ‘qualify’ for support under strict eligibility criteria. This is a deficit model and people are allocated their portion of a limited resource. This model also encourages a dependency culture.  

The Adult Review of Social Care clear sets out the vision of moving to a more person-centred, collaborative, trust-based and ethical way of commissioning within health and social care. All public sector organisations will need to develop new models of commissioning and procurement that are fit for purpose within their local context in preparation for what ahead including the National Care Service.  

Our work will provide HSCPs with the commissioning tools, knowledge, and confidence to develop a commissioning system which facilitates people's choice to have care and support to live their life their way. 


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